Quotes and Sayings about Inventions



"We fixed on No. 4, Queen Street Place, for our City offices, and it was from there that so many of my patented inventions were dated."
- Henry Bessemer
(Related: Inventions, Queen)

"I thought of such Christian inventions as the ghetto and the Jewish badge of shame. The Nazis didn't have to go very far to pick up their know-how."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Thought, Christian, Inventions, Shame)

"Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement."
- Claude M. Bristol
(Related: Success, Thought, Achievement, Wealth, Gain, Inventions)

"This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Age, Intentions, Inventions, Killing)

"Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process."
- Kenneth Clark
(Related: Architecture, Inventions, Man, Opera)

"But what has America to boast? What are the graces or the virtues which distinguish its inhabitants? What are their triumphs in war, or their inventions in peace?"
- Thomas Day
(Related: Peace, War, America, Inventions)

"Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Communication, Inventions, Language)

"Our inventions mirror our secret wishes."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Inventions, Wishes)

"One of the most fun inventions of my lifetime is the Mini."
- James Dyson
(Related: Fun, Inventions)

"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Work, Accident, Inventions)

"All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Poetry, Science, Geometry, Inventions)

"It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Inventions, Obvious)

"What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions."
- Arnold H. Glasow
(Related: Country, Inventions, Labor, Needs)

"Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
(Related: Development, Hope, Inventions)

"In reading the scriptures of truth, we often put wrong constructions upon them, and apply them improperly; and I apprehend it has often been the case in relation to this portion, particularly that part in relation to man's seeking out many inventions."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Truth, Inventions, Man, Reading, Wrong)

"What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!"
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Business, Science, Society, Capitalism, Inventions)

"I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!"
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Business, Science, Society, Capitalism, Inventions, Machines)

"People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes... we never stopped inventing."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: People, Games, Inventions, Poor, Poverty)

"Life is composed of different inventions."
- Mikhail Kalashnikov
(Related: Life, Inventions)

"To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Fire, Inventions, Language)

"In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important."
- Dean Kamen
(Related: Technology, Fact, Forget, Innovation, Inventions)

"All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Intelligence, Computer, Inventions, Laziness, Man)

"We daily witness the beneficial effect produced to the community by the institution of premiums, held out to encourage the inventions of ingenious mechanics."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Community, Effect, Inventions)

"But if inventions have increased man's power over nature very much, then the real value of money is better measured for some purposes in labour than in commodities."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Money, Nature, Power, Inventions, Man, Value)

"We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Love, Humanity, Inventions, Romantic)

"Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction, but a few may make evolutionary inventions, such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations that give these species improved competitive potential."
- Ernst Mayr
(Related: Inventions, May, Potential)

"There's such a thing as theater discipline. One player doesn't appropriate another's inventions."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Discipline, Inventions, Theater)

"Community colleges are one of America's great social inventions a gateway to the future for first time students looking for an affordable college education, and for mid-career students looking to get ahead in the workplace."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Time, Education, America, College, Community, First, Future, Inventions, Students)

"It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Being, Day, Inventions)

"The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad."
- John Moody
(Related: Inventions, Result, states, Today, United)

"The inventions and the great discoveries have opened up whole continents to reciprocal communication and interchange, provided we are willing."
- Alva Myrdal
(Related: Communication, Inventions)

"The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors."
- Emil Nolde
(Related: Art, Artist, Colors, Inventions)

"Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Authority, Inventions, Passion)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Power, Christian, Churches, Inventions, Mankind, Profit)

"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
- Plato
(Related: Work, Accident, Inventions, Worth)

"America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there."
- Will Rogers
(Related: America, Inventions, Nation, Nothing)

"Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Inventions, Order, Unity)

"Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful."
- Robert Shea
(Related: People, Inventions, Machine)

"The very greatest things - great thoughts, discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Thoughts, Difficulty, Hardship, Inventions, Sorrow)

"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Attention, End, Inventions, Pretty)

"Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea that they subsequently express with their hands."
- Giorgio Vasari
(Related: Men, Work, Genius, Idea, Inventions, Thinking)

"Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Nature, Invention, Inventions, Nothing, Will)

"Animals can adapt to problems and make inventions, but often no faster than natural selection can do its work - the world acts as its own simulator in the case of natural selection."
- Vernor Vinge
(Related: Work, Animals, Inventions, Problems, World)

"I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions."
- Larry Wall
(Related: Idea, Inventions, Software)

"What we must understand is that the industries, processes, and inventions created by modern science can be used either to subjugate or liberate. The choice is up to us."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Science, Choice, Inventions)

"Until democracy in effective enthusiastic action fills the vacuum created by the power of modern inventions, we may expect the fascists to increase in power after the war both in the United States and in the world."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Power, War, Action, Democracy, Inventions, May, states, United, World)